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Machinists headquarters assumes operations of district office

District 70 Machinists comprise a number of local lodges in and around Wichita, including ones that represent about 6,000 Machinists at Spirit AeroSystems as well as at Textron Aviation and Bombardier Learjet.
District 70 Machinists comprise a number of local lodges in and around Wichita, including ones that represent about 6,000 Machinists at Spirit AeroSystems as well as at Textron Aviation and Bombardier Learjet. File photo

The International Association of Machinists has temporarily taken over the operations of Machinists District 70 in Wichita, an IAM spokesman said Tuesday.

Spokesman Frank Larkin said on Tuesday that the IAM placed District 70 “under trusteeship,” which means staff from the IAM headquarters are “conduct(ing) the daily business for the district until all issues are resolved.”

Larkin would not say specifically why IAM is taking the action, other than a district can be placed under trusteeship “when we have concerns that all union procedures are not properly followed.”

“The bylaws and IAM constitution have rigid requirements about how union business is conducted at the district lodge,” Larkin said.

The action also means that responsibilities of District 70 president and directing business representative Frank Molina “are carried out by headquarters officials at this time.”

Molina couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

District 70 Machinists comprise a number of local lodges in and around Wichita, including ones that represent about 6,000 Machinists at Spirit AeroSystems as well as at Textron Aviation and Bombardier Learjet.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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